And how about small business taxes. Small business is recognized as the sector that employs the most in Canada and where the majority of new jobs are created.
Having the second highest small business taxes in BC is hardly an encouragement to small business. (Let along the vandalism glass tax that is so disheartening to our entrepreneurs)
Municipal Tax Rates (2006)
Name Business Tax
Prince Rupert 36.52
Tumbler Ridge 30.18
New Hazelton 28.46
Port Alberni 26.51
Dawson Creek 25.35
Now for Light Industry, we just miss being on the top ten as we were the fourteenth highest in BC for Light Industry Tax Rates and for major industry we are running further down the pack with the 38th highest Major Industry tax rates out of the 157 BC municipalities and districts.
I agree with the podunkian, lets keep this discussion to facts and base our comments on provable observations. For the record, my observation of the tax rates is that Prince Rupert is not competitive when it comes to attracting both people and employers. In fact our tax rates act as a deterrent to investment here.